Raise the debt ceiling, but only in conjunction with long-term debt management.
What’s needed is a long-term plan
What’s the plan — what’s the vision for getting our national debt to a manageable level? Continuing to increase the limit, and especially to do so under duress every time we’re confronted with these debt ceiling deadlines, doesn’t instill confidence or have any semblance of a plan. I rarely see good decisions made or actions taken when they are forced by threats or accompanied by rhetoric.
Grudgingly, I’ll agree that the level should be raised (again) in order to prevent the defaults and potentially crippling impacts on the markets and our economy. However, this time it should be done only in conjunction with a bipartisan commitment (and it needs to be a real commitment) that a long-term debt plan will be created and implemented long before the next debt ceiling deadline crops up.
MARK LASSWELL, Eagan
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Reasonable people could think that President Obama should meet the House Republicans halfway and find a way out of this mess. After all, the consequences could be severe if there is no solution. Gov. Mark Dayton did so when the Minnesota government shut down. The difference is that Dayton negotiated over an actual budget, not a 45-day extension or over allowing the government to pay bills already incurred.
The problem is that if the president gives in this time, what is it next time? The only way to stop the cycle is to say no and hang tough. Negotiate and pass an actual budget, but not an extension.
ALICE JOHNSON, Minneapolis
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According to some theories, Tony Blair (former British Prime Minister) supported the United States in Iraq not only because he wanted to preserve the special relationship, but also because he believed going to war was morally right. He supported the war without regards to his party’s support.
The Iraq war is in no way, shape, or form, similar to the government shutdown, but Blair’s approach to it is still one to be admired. Boehner needs to forget about being in good standing with Republicans, and do what is morally right for this country.
EMMA GARTON, Eden Prairie
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I have just finished reading Gregg Cavanagh’s column in Sunday’s paper (“Two years to two Americas: Let’s give it a go!” Oct. 6). It is always good to see people mix a little humor and sarcasm into their thoughts.
May I add a thought of my own? We may already have the situation that Cavanagh is talking about: Red and blue states and red and blue cities. If you happen to notice, it’s generally the blue states and cities that are running out of money. But I am afraid this is nothing to be humorous about.
EDWARD MCHUGH, East Bethel
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